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Chef'd

Updated: Jul. 20, 2018

Ranked 3rd of 10 meal kits with a Quid Score of 82.

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Chef'd

Ranked 3rd of 10 meal kits with a Quid Score of 82.

Product Details

Product Details

Ranks 3rd overall.

Key Information
  • Type: Meal Kit
  • Meals Per Week: 2 - 4
  • Servings Per Meal: 2 or 4
  • Cooking Skill Level: Beginner - Experienced
  • Subscription Options: 5
  • Average Preparation Time: Varies
Product Specifications
  • Extras: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert a la carte options
  • Packaging: Cardboard box, insulation, individually wrapped ingredients, all bagged together
  • Shipping Fee: Free for meal plans, varies for a la carte
  • Included in Package: Ingredients, recipe cards
  • Weekly Meal Options: Up to 40
  • Ingredient Specifications: Organic herbs, some non-GMO and organic ingredients, poultry/meets are antibiotic free and no artificial hormones, some fish are wild (salmon and trout are farmed)
  • Additional Dietary Options: American Diabetes Plan, Atkins Plan, Weight Watchers Plan
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Expert Rating: 76%

Ranks 9th among competitors.

Expert Rating: 76%

Ranks 9th among competitors.

While the large variety of meals makes it so there is bound to be something for everyone, the number of choices can feel overwhelming to comb through each week. There is a lot of customization and information provided with each meal, but nutritional information is not listed. The option of buying a subscription or a la carte is a nice feature.

Full Expert Breakdown
  • Taste - Above average
  • Freshness - Above average
  • Preparation difficulty - Average
  • Flexibility - Above average
  • Cuisine Variety - Above average
  • Delivery Service - Average
  • Amount of Packaging - Average
Notable Positives
  • Give food allergy and protein choices
  • Can choose delivery dates
  • Beer and wine pairings listed
  • Occasional free bonus kits and samples
  • Can buy a la carte
Notable Negatives
  • Large price variation between meal choices
  • Vast meal options can be overwhelming
  • Full nutritional information is not listed
  • Can be expensive
Full Expert Breakdown
  • Taste - Above average
  • Freshness - Above average
  • Preparation difficulty - Average
  • Flexibility - Above average
  • Cuisine Variety - Above average
  • Delivery Service - Average
  • Amount of Packaging - Average

Customer Rating: 89%

Ranks 1st among competitors.

Customer Rating: 89%

Ranks 1st among competitors.

The a la carte option is a major attraction for people who want to try meal kit cooking but don’t want to run the risk of being trapped in a subscription. Making Chef’d kits is an activity in itself. The full nutritional information is not provided on the recipe cards. The nutrition facts listed online for a meal may not be adjusted for all serving sizes.

Ideal for people:

Those who want to purchase meal kits but not be tied to a subscription and those who want to spend more time on cooking as an activity in itself.

Not ideal for people:

Those who are looking for a low-budget meal kit may not be satisfied with Chef’d. Those who eat larger portion sizes or like having extra food leftover.

Notable Pros:
  • Great challenge for those with minimal cooking experience
  • Packaged well
  • A la carte option is pressure-free
  • Fresh taste
  • Completed meals look great
  • Recipes feel like a fun activity
Notable Cons:
  • Difficult to cancel plans
  • Nutritional info on site doesn't reflect all serving sizes
  • App can be difficult to navigate
  • Portion size can be small

Brand Score: 66%

Ranks 5th among competitors.

Brand Score: 66%

Ranks 5th among competitors.

Chef’d began as a way for home chefs to easily recreate the recipes of their favorite brands, chefs, and restaurants. Customers receive all the ingredients they need delivered to their door. The standout feature is the ability to buy a la carte instead of being locked into a subscription.

Heritage - 3/5

CEO Kyle Ransford founded Chef'd in 2014. The California-based company partners with other brands, like Weight Watchers, that have their own recipes but need support with sourcing, packing, and delivery.

Innovation - 3/5

In 2016, Chef'd partnered with The New York Times to collaborate on an interactive recipe site and app where users can browse and order recipes from NYT Cooking.

Reliability - 4/5

Chef'd addresses customer complaints by providing service via phone and email. The website FAQ section provides information on kits purchased in stores and recycling.

Social Good - 3/5

The company has no philanthropic engagements at this time.

Relevance - 3/5

Chef'd uses Instagram for cross-promotional content, where chefs of the month have their meal kit-ready recipes discounted on the site. Content on Facebook promotes the blog, which includes exclusive interviews.

Retail: Best Price $80.00

Ranks 11th in value among competitors.

Retail: Best Price $80.00

Ranks 11th in value among competitors.

Chef’d customers may set their delivery date before each week’s Monday morning cutoff. On Mondays, customers are alerted with the default meals for the week, and have until Wednesday to swap meals or skip the week. Customers shopping a la carte can submit orders up to 2 weeks ahead of time, depending on order size.

Best Purchase Options
Chef'd - $80.00
Best Purchase Option
Chef'd - $80.00

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